Music, BA

The BA in Music from CBU is a liberal arts degree that is broadly focused, giving students more exposure to ideas outside of the arts. 

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Program Intro

CBU's music bachelor's program includes more than 15 elective units, allowing students to easily double major without additional semesters of study.

51 Units

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2 Recording Studios on Campus
51 Grand Pianos on Campus

Why Study Music at CBU?

Aim for excellence

In every class, every rehearsal, every performance, students are held to higher standards that will encourage them to develop and expand their God-given gifts and ultimately share them with others.

Practice a contemporary conservatory style

CBU's music classroom style is often referred to as conservatory—intimate, challenging and rigorous—but unlike typical music conservatories that preserve the past with a traditional repertoire, CBU's music is forward-looking to engage both musicians and audiences in the contemporary enjoyment of the art. 

Use state-of-the-art technology

CBU music students work hands-on with the latest music technology on both their personal Macbook Pro computers and in computer labs and classrooms located within the state-of-the-art Hawkins Music Building. Software for professional and audio production, sequencing and publishing quality notation are used each day in many of the core music courses.

What You'll Learn

Program Details

MUS 115: Musicianship Lab I

Introductory experiences in sight-singing and ear-training.

MUS 308: History of Jazz

The course provides the students with an appreciation and understanding of the cultural history of Jazz. Through critical listening students will learn to identify the various styles and performers associated with the traditions of Jazz.

MUS 306: History of Popular Music

Survey of the history and development of popular music in the 20th and 21st centuries. Emphasis is placed on recorded music history and the socio-musical aspects of music.

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Gene Moon, D.M.A.

Associate Professor of Music
Director of Orchestral Studies

Office Phone: 951-552-8352
Office Location: Hawkins Building - 220

Mayu Fukasawa

I chose to major in music because it's something I really love to do and I realized I'd like to keep doing it for the rest of my life. I like the program at CBU because I have so many opportunities to perform. It's helped me get used to performing a lot.

Mayu Fukasawa '19

Braden Sapp

I grew up in a musical family and always knew I wanted to participate in music in some capacity. The professors here are really great people who want to be more than just someone who grades you. They really care about your education.

Braden Sapp '19

McKenna Sessions

I love music and am passionate about it. The program here helps you not only strengthen your skills but also helps with your spiritual walk.

McKenna Sessions '21

Career Possibilities

Music majors can apply their field of study to a variety of careers. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Performer
  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Worship Leader
  • Music Teacher

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